Great Divergence and Great Convergence: A Global Perspective by Leonid Grinin,Andrey Korotayev

By Leonid Grinin,Andrey Korotayev

This new monograph offers a stimulating new tackle hotly contested issues in international modernization and the globalizing economic climate. It starts by way of situating what's known as the good Divergence--the social/technological revolution that led eu international locations to outpace the early dominance of Asia--in historic context over centuries. this is often contrasted with an both robust nice Convergence, the hot financial and technological growth occurring in 3rd international countries and characterised by means of narrowing inequity between international locations. they're obvious the following as levels of an inevitable worldwide approach, centuries within the making, with the possibility of either confident and detrimental results.

This refined presentation examines:

Why the constructing global is becoming extra speedily than the built world.

  • How this improvement all started taking place less than the Western world's radar.
  • How former colonies of significant powers grew to force the world's economy.
  • Why such a lot of Western economists were gradual to acknowledge the nice Convergence.
  • The expanding threat of geopolitical instability.
  • Why the realm is probably going to discover itself with out an absolute chief after the tip of the yankee hegemony

A paintings of infrequent scope, Great Divergence and nice Convergence provides sociologists, international economists, demographers, and worldwide historians a deeper figuring out of the wider flow of social and fiscal background, mixed with a protracted view of background because it is at present being made; it additionally bargains a few exciting forecasts for worldwide improvement within the coming near near many years.

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